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Some lessons from web 2.0 

hot take: modern agile methods are the latest in a line of managerial and process engineering tactics to try to preserve developers’ pride in being important to their job, while directing their decisionmaking energies away from any actual mission or business decisions

This is an article on how to play a role-playing game as a character from another ethnicity or culture. Don't make me regret it.
jamesmendezhodes.com/blog/2019

Jonesing for that tall-ship feeling. Pity Naval Action is busted in the ways it is; I may try to play again on the PvE server, but it's clearly second-class. I still need to make that final Naval Action criticism video, though. Maybe early March.

If I ever make a video game of my own, it'll be a model ship game.

I just added an account for Where to Find Me: @wheretofindme . Follow them if you wanna hear about new features, bugfixes, changes. I'll sometimes boost them, but this way you can ignore Where to Find Me updates more easily if you want to!

Do you write JavaScript for the web? Want to join a collaborative team with flexible hours and competitive pay that's remote-first and tries to do the work to promote and value diversity in the tech world?

oddbird.net/jobs/

I just discovered that we've had enough donations to cover current server costs for wheretofind.me/ for a *year*. I'm floored—thank you all so much for the support and enthusiasm you've shown for something I thought was just gonna be a small use to a few people.

More wheretofind.me/ news: we're past 600 signups, and I've fixed a bunch of bugs and added a few features.

You can now put a text tag and quality on your links, and choose an icon for them (though we'll still try to best-guess the icon). The quality is just "low/medium/high", to convey how much you really use that service, and the tag is whatever you want: I'll be curious to see how people use them to organize content.

I'll keep trying to make this better and useful for you!

My point being: even if you solve the technical challenges like transaction speed etc., cryptocurrencies create more problems for finance than they solve. Finance has many problems and should be fixed but cryptocurrencies do not seem to do that.

Other features of crypto that are bugs: irreversible transactions, anonymous transactions. These are most useful if your goal is to steal money, optional at best at all other times.

Today in "using crypto as currency is a bug, not a feature" a founder of a crypto exchange died unexpectedly and now hundreds of millions of dollars are inaccessible because nobody else had his password. coindesk.com/quadriga-creditor

Somehow, we're past 300 users on Where to Find Me! I am glad this is useful to people, but I know there's more I need to do.

I'm currently working with a few folks on a detailed policy and response to abuses of the service (most notably impersonation), and adding some technical features. The most recent features I've added are nicknames on favstars: when you fav someone, you can also add a nickname that _only you see_ to remind you who that username is.

Check it out: wheretofind.me/

masto admin 

Whenever a web browser, operating system, or web site gains dominance among users, it stops being cool and starts becomes blatantly abusive.

This Chromium nonsense is just more of what we saw from Internet Explorer.

Every generation of geeks learns this anew, and acts all shocked. Learn some history, folks. Learn from those who came before.

Stop supporting only one platform. Variety is ESSENTIAL. Monocultures are death. #sysadmin

Hey folks using wheretofind.me/ ! I have a new feature. Search!

*Because I believe in privacy-first design, you have to opt in to search.*

If you're logged in, you can go to wheretofind.me/aliases/ and add aliases, names someone might know you by and try to search for you under. You can also flip the "include me in search" toggle if you wanna be searchable.

All your aliases will show up on your profile, so, y'know, only include that really embarrassing one if you wanna.

My games alt, @wlonk, is blowin' up with notifications about wheretofind.me/ because I guess I originally tooted about it there. Oops! In any case, I'm gonna toot about it here in case folks are interested and might find it useful.

When I started this piece about racist tropes in Tolkien's orcs, I knew orcs were a racist stereotype. I didn't realize orcs were a stereotype OF ASIANS SPECIFICALLY.
jamesmendezhodes.com/blog/2019 Orcs, Britons, and the Martial Race Myth, Part I: A Species Built for Racial Terror

Everyone using wheretofind.me/, thank you so much! We passed 100 users while I wasn't looking, and it's really exciting. I hope this is useful to everyone—right now it's just the bare minimum, but I want to make it more useful to you all, while keeping it as aggressively simple as I can. Don't hesitate to get in touch and let me know what I can do to improve it for you.

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